Is there a need in midwifery for fathers to be offered counselling?

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/90396
Title:
Is there a need in midwifery for fathers to be offered counselling?
Authors:
Edie, Maisie
Abstract:
This study attempts to explore ways of addressing the needs of fathers-to-be and new fathers. With all the advances in technology, the question still remains as to what is actually the role of the father before, during and after the birth of his child. Furthermore, it presents complications to the midwifery service which, until not so long ago, was an ‘all women’, ‘mother and baby’ priority affair. The fact cannot be ignored that new fathers and fathers-to-be are involved and have needs of their own. These include facing confusion, insecurity, rejection and fears, among other psychological issues. The author, a midwife of many years, was faced with such observations and experiences of her own. In this paper she asserts that a counselling service for fathers-to-be and new fathers has an important place in midwifery. This will benefit the interpersonal relationship between the family and the midwives. For the midwifery department, a counselling service for fathers means that the holistic approach and care if offers really is holistic and inspires confidence among the users. Existing literature recognises the involvement of fathers in childbirth and the fact that they have needs to be addressed. Nothing, however, has been found by the author that is written by fathers-to-be and new fathers themselves. Similarly, although professional recognise that counselling is needed, not much research has been undertaken with a view to setting up such a service for them. This paper aims to address the issue, giving a historical overview of cultures and traditions surrounding childbirth and the role of the father. The study then attempts to explore generating information about the subject from fathers themselves. For this, five fathers gave their views to the author in an interview situation. One interview takes place before and one after the birth of their child. The gathered data is then analysed and discussed. As in all psychological research, the author gets involved in the conflict as to which method is most appropriate in investigating such important subjective issues as the birth of a child, especially the first child. ‘Grounded theory’ was selected as a method, in order to generate some theory from the fathers’ point of view and from a midwife’s interpretation. The study is also a learning experience in research and the method will be compared, discussed and critiqued. Hopefully, further hypotheses will emerge from both the participants and the author.
Issue Date:
1995
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/90396
Type:
Thesis
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
UKCP Collection

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dc.contributor.authorEdie, Maisieen
dc.date.accessioned2010-01-22T14:44:35Z-
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dc.date.issued1995-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10142/90396-
dc.description.abstractThis study attempts to explore ways of addressing the needs of fathers-to-be and new fathers. With all the advances in technology, the question still remains as to what is actually the role of the father before, during and after the birth of his child. Furthermore, it presents complications to the midwifery service which, until not so long ago, was an ‘all women’, ‘mother and baby’ priority affair. The fact cannot be ignored that new fathers and fathers-to-be are involved and have needs of their own. These include facing confusion, insecurity, rejection and fears, among other psychological issues. The author, a midwife of many years, was faced with such observations and experiences of her own. In this paper she asserts that a counselling service for fathers-to-be and new fathers has an important place in midwifery. This will benefit the interpersonal relationship between the family and the midwives. For the midwifery department, a counselling service for fathers means that the holistic approach and care if offers really is holistic and inspires confidence among the users. Existing literature recognises the involvement of fathers in childbirth and the fact that they have needs to be addressed. Nothing, however, has been found by the author that is written by fathers-to-be and new fathers themselves. Similarly, although professional recognise that counselling is needed, not much research has been undertaken with a view to setting up such a service for them. This paper aims to address the issue, giving a historical overview of cultures and traditions surrounding childbirth and the role of the father. The study then attempts to explore generating information about the subject from fathers themselves. For this, five fathers gave their views to the author in an interview situation. One interview takes place before and one after the birth of their child. The gathered data is then analysed and discussed. As in all psychological research, the author gets involved in the conflict as to which method is most appropriate in investigating such important subjective issues as the birth of a child, especially the first child. ‘Grounded theory’ was selected as a method, in order to generate some theory from the fathers’ point of view and from a midwife’s interpretation. The study is also a learning experience in research and the method will be compared, discussed and critiqued. Hopefully, further hypotheses will emerge from both the participants and the author.en
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dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectCounsellingen
dc.subjectFathersen
dc.subjectMidwivesen
dc.subjectGrounded Theoryen
dc.titleIs there a need in midwifery for fathers to be offered counselling?en
dc.typeThesisen
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